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Candidate says experience was key decision for her

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pat Heffner (R), Brazil, is running for Clay County Council, At-Large, in the upcoming election.

Heffner worked for the Clay Community Schools for 11 years, and is now retired after 20 years working for the Clay Hamilton Center.

Heffner has also spent 17 years on the Brazil City Council.

"I have heard good things about the county council and how well they work together with the commissioners," Heffner said.

"I thought it would be a change from the city (council), and I have experience at it and rather enjoy it."

Working with the legislative body of the Brazil City Council, Heffner said she and the other councilmen had to approve or disapprove all finances, including the yearly budgets, as well as pass or reject ordinances.

"It gave me a lot of experience in the financial end of the council," Heffner told The Brazil Times.

During her time in office, Heffner is proud of working on fixing and improving the Brazil detention pond and working on plans for the water tower on State Road 59.

"I was still learning when I left (the city council)," Heffner said. "Experience is a good thing, because when you go in there and you don't know how it's run, it's very difficult."

Heffner, who has lived in Clay County since she was 15-years-old, said she enjoyed working with her constituents and would like to be a team player on the Clay County Council and with the commissioners.

"I have a real love for people," Heffner said. "I enjoy people and working with them, trying to help them with their issues. I like listening and trying to help if I can. I think that's the right thing to do."

Heffner felt her integrity and experience qualify her for the position and said one of her goals would be to work on county roads as money permits.

Heffner has been married for 50 years and has three children and four grandchildren.

"I want to continue to be honest and serve everyone equally regardless of politics," she said.

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.